Stop Procrastinating – Take Control of Your Life

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By Jeff Hoglen

Every day the sun rises and sets. One more day passes. On this day, did you take a step toward attaining your goals and dreams? Maybe you discovered something awesome or really enjoyed an adventure. However, the other possibility is that the day slipped by pretty much unnoticed.

Maybe days, weeks, or even months pass when you don’t think about your personal goals. If that’s the case, the question you must ask yourself is, “What am I waiting for?”

The good news is that you can start working to achieve your personal and professional desires / dreams / goals today. They’re still there, just waiting for you!

Follow these tips to help you take back control so you can live the life you desire:

  1. Celebrate small successes. Let’s say you’ve always wanted to take a trip to the Philippines. Last week you bought an audio CD or download to begin learning some basic Tagalog phrases. This week, you started saving $50 and vowed to save that amount each week toward your trip. Good for you! Why not google some Filipino dishes and cook up some pancit and lumpia (2 of favorites) to celebrate your efforts?
  2. Avoid waiting any longer. Don’t let another day go by without doing something to make progress toward your chosen wishes. It’s going to feel great to get working on your desires. You’ve got the controls now.
  3. Connect with the concept that you’re in charge of your own life. The only person that can truly control your choices and decisions is you. How do you feel about that? Are you excited or maybe a bit afraid? It’s okay to have fear; just don’t let it stop you in your efforts to accomplish your life aspirations.
  4. Acknowledge you’re worth it. Whatever, time, research, and money it takes to work toward your goals, you deserve it. Recognize this fact and remind yourself of it regularly.
  5. Look at each goal in sequence. What would you have to do first to begin working toward Goal A? What would your next step be that would lead you to eventually achieve Goal A? Once you understand the path, you can follow it to accomplish your wish.
  6. Review your desired goals and jot them down. Just to get yourself back on track, ponder your goals and write them out. This way, you’ll be completely clear about what goals you want to work toward. Acknowledge your progress toward your goals by celebrating along the way. Each milestone you complete will help you realize how important it is to have dreams and desires.
  7. Infuse aspects of your life goals into each day. When you begin to focus on fulfilling life goals, you’ll find it necessary to think about them and maybe even talk about them each day. Remind yourself daily about what you’re doing—the progress you’ve made and what you want to do next to get even closer to your dream.
  •  Cut out pictures that signify your goals and display them wherever you’d like—on the inside cover of your schedule book or on the refrigerator or your bathroom mirror. Watch movies with subject matter or settings related to your goals. Keep your endeavors alive in your daily life.

When you stop waiting on other people or situations to make your life “happen,” you regain control over how you spend your time. Ensure you know exactly what goals you’re working toward and examine each goal in sequence, from starting to work on it to achieving the end result you seek. Remind yourself you’re worth whatever it takes to achieve.

When you follow these tips, you’ll have renewed control and focus. Then, you’ll spend your days achieving your dreams, desires, and goals.

Scripture to help you stop procrastinating:

Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him. James 1:12

I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13

Not that I have already obtained it or have already become perfect, but I press on so that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus. Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:12-14

The way of the lazy is as a hedge of thorns, but the path of the upright is a highway. Proverbs 15:19

Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father. Colossians 3:17

 

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